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yield back. >> the gentleman yields back. mrs. norton? >> this is a question for mr. alves. in your inspector general's report, there is a troubling section on human capital management. you have found, i am quoting you now, only limited progress in implementing your recommendations. the most troubling part -- sentence says, in addition amtrak was increasingly at risk of encountering skilled shortages, as highly experienced, longtime employees retire. first i want to know where the gaps are, when you're talking about safety and risk. and then i have to ask mr. boardman, what is so difficult about creating training programs for employees that are already at amtrak, perhaps, so that people who are already trained can train to the next level and replace those who are retiring? i need to know more about the skill shortage risk, how serious it is. as people experience -- as there is some downsizing, from congress for example, you may find more people retiring. can i have a response on that? >> what we found was that amtrak human capital management was very focused on transaction-type thin
to your testimony about the support issue. i yield back. >> thank you so much. ms. norton. >> mr. chairman, i don't know if this is just one -- >> now, that's next week. >> if so, i would not be surprised if there is some high-speed rail. >> it will be -- i may save a little time. >> that'll never go away. it's been a pleasure to work with you on that matter. i do know about california and other places where high-speed rail may be controversial, but i do know where we are furthest along. i want to do is get started so we have a pilot to show we can do this. those who created the american river system with considerable help from the united states government during the civil war. private and public alike, public officials, denying me the tip to government money and ran with it would be turning over in their graves to see how far behind we are developed and developing countries on high-speed rail. the fact we cannot say a single example of real high-speed rail in the united states should be in for me as a matter of personal embarrassment as an american citizen. in a district where we have the
the record open til the 31st of december. how's that for a date, ms. norton? without objection, so ordered. we may have additional questions we'll submit to you. may i yield to ms. norton now? >> well, that's a fine date, mr. chairman. it will either be over the cliff or not by that time. [laughter] i very much appreciate this hearing. i want to say that i have been an officionado of public/private projects in my, in my own subcommittee on economic development where it's better known, better understood and extensively used. i have -- and that's why i'm very interested in its conceivable application to a railroad. if we did more public/private partnerships in construction and real estate in my other committee, we would have saved billions of dollars. now, i want to see whether or not that's the same if we're talking about railroads. i noticed in mr. offutt's testimony, i'm looking at page 9, that your examples where you recently advised on transactions tend to be examples like parking systems, concessions, parking concessions, airports and the like. have you ever advised on any prompt -- on
. >> ms. norton? >> thank you, mr. chairman. mr. secretary, you've earned many happy birthdays for your long service to the united states in many capacities. >> thank you. >> first, i want to commend you and this administration. when i said let's get started, you got us started. you moved us off the dime. you've got 151 projects, they're all obligated. yes, you have some states divided, and, um, when they are divided, i think you're doing the right thing, take back the money. and look what you get, you get a bonanza of other jurisdictions. if florida and california are still debating whether or not they want to become second class states, be my guest. there will be many other states that move forward. and this is a country of jurisdictions. and some will come later -- all will come, and those who come early will be ahead. now, i indicated when we began that my concern is to produce -- intent on this project about a train to nowhere is unfortunately. but let me indicate one way that i think we could get over that. i think that hag -- has a lot to do with the fact that here again we are a
'll submit to you. may i yield to ms. norton. >> that's a fine date. we'll either be over the cliff or not by that time. i appreciate this hearing. i want to say i have an a supporter of private projects in my own subcommittee on economic development where it's better known and better understood and extensively used. i have -- and therefore, i'm very interested in its conceivable application to a railroad. if we did more public private partnerships in construction and real estate in my other committee, we would have saved billions of dollars. now i want to see if that's the same if we're talking about railroads. i noticed that your examples where you were recently advised on transactions tend to be examples like parking systems, concessionings, parking concessionings, airports and the like, have you ever advised on any project as large or as extensive as the northeast corridor? >> i'd say there are a lot of projects i've worked on that are similar understand terms of airports there is lots of complexity unique to airports. but this is a unique project i've seen in the u.s. or around
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